Bill Cosby's Lawyers Seek To Withdraw From His Case
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Bill Cosby Reportedly Requests Less Testimonies At Retrial

Bill Cosby will head into court with a team lead by a former attorney for Michael Jackson, to request that the number of women permitted to testify be lessened after last year’s hung jury.

On Monday (Mar. 5), Bill Cosby will head into court with a team lead by Tom Mesereau, a former attorney for Michael Jackson, to request that the number of women permitted to testify be lessened after last year’s hung jury. The team, including Cosby, will take the request to the same judge from last year’s trial, Steven O’Neill. Their argument is that the earliest allegations date back to the 1960s and are “virtually impossible to defend against,” according to the Associated Press.

The comedian was the first black actor to star in a TV drama with his leading role as a detective in I Spy back in the '60s. Cosby’s role earned him three Emmys. Then, almost two decades later, he became the beloved and well-known paternal figure in The Cosby Show as Cliff Huxtable. His status as a public figure was undoubtedly drawn from the character that everyone thought they knew and loved from a sitcom. Cosby’s image seemed indestructible, his true disposition assumed.

But the 2005 lawsuit, Andrea Constand v. William H. Cosby, Jr. would alter everything, beginning over a decade of accusations of sexual assault and harassment. Still, that case (centered around a night in 2004), ended with an undisclosed cash settlement a year later. The case later acted as the onset of the revelation of a five-decade pattern of the same conduct with multiple women.

After the case, Cosby, now 80, was then accused of having drugged multiple women. Several came forth, testifying against Cosby in 2017. But it was deemed a mistrial as jurors couldn’t settle on a verdict and a retrial was set for April 2 [of 2018]. Though Cosby was free to go on $1 million bail, he went into hiding. Cosby was last seen in Philadelphia this past January, performing for the first time in over two years. In a possible attempt to repair his public persona, the appearance was only a shock in timing as there have been a few other ventures to rebuild Cosby's image.

The retrial is weeks away but the pretrial hearing will precede it. Cosby's lawyers and spokesperson will argue that the other accusers’ accusations aren’t supported by enough evidence to meet the legal standard necessary for prosecutors to properly defend Cosby. The request is allegedly being set forth in order to avoid another mistrial.

A 2015 deposition requested by the Associated Press contains Cosby's admission of having used prescribed, and now outlawed, quaaludes in the 1970s as sedatives on women he wanted to have sex with.

The pretrial is untimely, occurring only 10 days after the death of Cosby’s daughter, Ensa, who died of kidney disease. But lawyers have not requested to delay any trials, AP News reports.

Jury selection will begin on March 29.

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An ATLien edition of Verzuz could be on the way. Jeezy appeared to challenge T.I. to a friendly battle after the Grand Hustle frontman “respectfully” shot down an offer from Busta Rhymes.

Without directly naming Tip, Jeezy posted a cryptic video message on Instagram on Wednesday (Oct. 21) subtly calling out his potential rival. “I don’t know what you’re avoiding me for. I’ll tell you what though, since it means that much to you put a date on it,” said Jeezy.

Tip jokingly replied in the comments, “Could this long time constituent of mine be referring to me???”


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PUT A DATE ON IT ☃️ @therealswizzz @timbaland @verzuztv

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The Verzuz battle isn’t confirmed just yet but fans are already excited at the thought of two of ATL’s finest going toe-to-toe. In the meantime, Swizzy and Timbaland are still prepping the lineup for Verzuz season two, and revealed that Busta threw his hat in the ring. “He’s ready for any type of Verzuz action coming his way,” Swizzy told Jimmy Fallon.

Busta also confirmed to Fat Joe that’s he's down to go up against T.I.


— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) October 21, 2020

But it doesn't look like the Verzuz showdown will be happening as Tip responded back citing a “generational gap” between him and Busta.

“I didn’t know we were reaching back through generations. That’s a huge generational gap there isnt it? I have a huge amount of respect for you,” noted Tip. “An exponential amount of respect.”

Watch his full response to Busta below.

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Beyonce Shows Solidarity With Nigeria Amid Protests Over Police Brutality

Beyonce is showing solidarity with Nigeria following Tuesday’s (Oct. 20) brutal massacre in the country’s capital city of Lagos. The Bey Good Foundation has been partnering with local youth organizations supporting the protests, and working with coalitions to provide food, shelter and healthcare to those in need, Beyonce revealed in a statement.

“I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria,” she said. “There has to be an end to SARS (Special Anti-Robber Squad). We have been working in partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter.”

Bey added in closing, “To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand with you.”

A message from Beyoncé.

— BeyGOOD (@BeyGood) October 21, 2020

The statement directs viewers to her website where they will find links to donate or get involved in the movement to end SARS. Graphic videos and images of the brutality in the Lekki region of Lagos, have been circulating the web, but despite overwhelming evidence of corrupt and violent government forces, kidnapping, murders, non-fatal shootings, and other violent attacks on peaceful protestors,  the Nigerian government continues to downplay the issue. Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu claimed only one fatality in the massacre, and roughly 25 people wounded.

The #EndSARS movement has been amplified across social media, and prompted numerous protests around the globe Wednesday (Oct. 21). Also on Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the violence and expressed condolences to the families of the bereaved. Guterres encouraged Nigerian authorities to investigate instances of police brutality and “hold the perpetrators accountable.” Guterres went on to urge security forces to “act with maximum restraint,” and encouraged protestors to remain peaceful.

“While the number of casualties of yesterday’s shooting at the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos is still not clear, there is little doubt that this was a case of excessive use of force, resulting in unlawful killings with live ammunition, by Nigerian armed forces,” said UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet. “Reports that CCTV cameras and lighting were deliberately disabled prior to the shooting are even more disturbing as, if confirmed, they suggest this deplorable attack on peaceful protestors was premeditated, planned and coordinated.”

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Watch Viola Davis And Chadwick Boseman In Trailer For ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The two-minute clip released on Monday (Oct. 19), gives viewers a sneak peek at Chadwick Boseman’s final film role. The 43-year-old actor portrays the ambitious and outspoken trumpet player, Levee.

Viola Davis transforms into Ma Rainey in the Denzel Washington-produced film, centered around a 1927 Chicago recording sessions of “Mother of the Blues.”

Speaking during Monday’s press preview, Davis praised Boseman’s passion and commitment to his art. “Not to compete with Chadwick’s mother, but he was my baby. Chadwick was an artist. That is just what he was… he loved it, he demanded it in every single way. For someone so young it was incredible to watch,” said Davis.

“We are in the business, that a lot of times people have business conversations that masquerade themselves as artistic conversations. They don’t understand the difference between getting on set and demanding their vegan food being brought to them or their vegetarian dishes, or the dietary concerns, having that car ready,” she added. “ They don’t know the difference between that and making choices as an actor and getting down and dirty and doing the work and leaving your ego and your vanity at the door. He [Boseman] loved it. He demanded it. He demanded it in every single way.”

The film, Davis said, gives a window into “what Black life was like” in the '20s and ”how it was informing our relationships.”

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom debuts on Netflix on Dec. 18.Check above for the trailer.

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